Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax.
Ramsey is wrong on both counts.
Currently, thanks to the 1992 Supreme Court decision Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states are prohibited from forcing out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on their behalf. For this reason, sales taxes are not applied when you make a purchase from an out-of-state online retailer that has no physical presence in the state to which the order is shipped. The Internet sales tax mandate, known by its misleading title as the Marketplace Fairness Act, would change that. For the first time, many of your online purchases will be subject to state sales tax. Read The Full Story
Sustainable Development is code for a policy designed to transform human society, essentially eliminating individual life decisions and replacing them with top – down, one-size-fits-all government control. In steady fashion, the agenda for this new policy, designed at the international level, is put into place piece by piece with a new government council here, and new regulation there, each designed to appear as a “local” development program. Like the proverbial frog in the slowly boiling pot, many Americans fail to notice the rise in government heat.
The main course of action to impose the new agenda is through the pretense of environmental protection; “Sorry about your rights, but if we don’t save the planet, then we will all perish!” And so with the devastation of a thousand pin pricks, America and its form or government is being changed through the creation of non-elected boards, councils and regional governments, designed to enforce the new regulations and “assure that we protect the environment.” Read The Full Story
We need your help on something very important. We're working on a legal challenge to the huge 9 county 101 city regional plan here in the San Francisco Bay: One Bay Area. This regional plan is different from the others in the US and we believe it's a prototype for forced implementation of UN Agenda 21's 'Islands of Human Habitation'.
Plan Bay Area/One Bay Area includes Priority Development Areas (see attached map) that are targeted to contain 80% of the residential and 66% of the commercial development over the next 25 years. This is extremely important because it is a violation of the 5th and the 14th amendments (takings/due process/just compensation, and equal protection) and will restrict development to less than 4% of the land area in the SF Bay Area. These PDAs are within Urban Growth Boundaries but create new de facto urban growth boundaries because people who own property within the UGBs will not be able to develop unless (presumably) 80% of the population increase has already been accommodated within the PDAs. Read The Full Story
States may consider lowering the standard for drunken driving to the level of a single dry martini after a recommendation Tuesday from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The NTSB wants state legislatures to drop the measure from the current blood-alcohol level of .08 to .05, about that caused by a dry martini or two beers in a 160-pound person. The .08 standard could allow the same person to drive legally after two beers or a couple of margaritas, according to a University of Oklahoma calculator. Read The Full Story